Marijuana addiction is something that people right swipe when they relate it to drug addiction. It is being puffed until people reach a saturation point or maybe beyond that. As government hushed up facts it comes out that Australians are living under a misapprehension that cannabis is not addictive.

National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre researched that Australians are secretly struggling with cannabis addiction. And they are becoming dependent.

News.com.au reports that the cannabis addiction has encapsulated more than 200,000 Australians.

Professor Jan Copeland, National Cannabis Prevention Information Centre director, revealed in 2010 that 70 percent of the people between 20 to 29 years of age tried to smoke cannabis. And more than 750,000 Australians were smoking it every week.

In a survey, as a conservative estimate, half of the individuals smoked five grams of marijuana in a week, with other half considered it “not an addictive drug”.

“Our survey reinforced the fact that heavy cannabis use and addiction are very real issues in Australia, and they currently don’t get the recognition they deserve in the community,” said Copeland.

“Of course, the majority of experimental and occasional cannabis users don’t go on to become dependent, just as we see with alcohol. But the misconception cannabis is a harmless, non-addictive drug means many people who need help are not getting it,” she added.

In a press release , University of Western Australia, revealed that marijuana use causes gene mutation. It changes the DNA structure and triggers serious health anomalies, which are inherited to future generations.

“Through our research we found that cancers and illnesses were likely caused by cell mutations resulting from cannabis properties having a chemical interaction with a person’s DNA,” Associate Professor Reece said.

“Even if a mother has never used cannabis in her life, the mutations passed on by a father’s sperm can cause serious and fatal illnesses in their children,” he said.

Some common problems that a cannabis puffer faces:

  • Short-term memory impairment,
  • mental health problems and respiratory disease.
  • Employment problems,
  • Financial stress and family conflict.